The bypoll for the Araria Lok Sabha seat will see a keen contest between the National Democratic Alliance and “Mahagathbandhan” (Grand Alliance) candidates.Read more UpdatesFIR filed against Bihar BJP PresidentAn FIR has been lodged again Bihar BJP President Nityanand Rai for making provocative speech against RJD candidate Sarfaraz Alam while campaigning at Narpatganj in Araria, Bihar.43% turnout in Gorakhpur; 37.39% in PhulpurThe Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur witnessed 43% polling while Phulpur saw a turnout of 37.39% till 5 p.m. today, Election Commission sources said. This implies that the polling percentage dropped by 11.67% and 12.81% in the two aforementioned constituencies.The voting for the bye-elections to the two Lok Sabha seats began on a dull note but picked up momentum in the day amid tight security.The bypolls were necessitated after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively following their election to the state legislative council.BJP getting widespread support from the people: AdityanathUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said the BJP was getting widespread support from the people.Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in the Gorakpur bypolls, the priest-turned-politician noted that the public believes in the mantra of development and governance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Attacking the opposition BSP and SP, Adityanath said, “SP and BSP are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. The state has suffered the negative consequences (of SP and BSP). And in order to ensure that in future such situations do not arise, efforts have to made to shun politics of casteism and dynastic politics, and focus on development and administration.”Voting slowly gathers pace in UPThe voter turnout in UP increased to 20% by noon, according to election office sources.After casting his vote in Gorakhpur, UP CM Yogi Adityanath was bullish about the BJP’s chances. “The people know that development was the only panacea,” he told reporters.Attacking the BSP and the SP, he said, “These parties are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. The State has suffered the negative consequences (of SP and BSP).“And in order to ensure that in future such situations do not arise, efforts have to be made to shun politics of casteism and dynastic politics, and focus on development and administration,” he said.When asked to comment on the SP and BSP entering an electoral understanding, he said, “This will have no effect. I had wanted that in this bye-election if the SP, BSP and Congress had fought together, then results would have been much better (for us).”Maurya confidentU.P. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the 2014 Lok Sabha record would be repeated by the BJP.“I am confident that on March 14, the record which was made in Phulpur in 2014 (Lok Sabha general elections) will be repeated, and our candidate Kaushalendra Patel will emerge victorious,” he told reporters after casting his vote for Phulpur parliamentary constituency along with his family members.On being asked about the BJP’s expansion plans in the State in view of the electoral understanding between SP and BSP, Mr. Maurya said, “We have already expanded enough, and in future if any political party wants to join us, it will be definitely deliberated upon.“But, today from UP’s point of view, poll alliance of the BJP, Apna Dal (Sonelal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) exists. Apart from this, we do not have any other alliance. And, banking on this alliance, we will win 80 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the State,” he said.Taking a jibe at the SP-BSP tie-up, the Minister said, “Their (SP-BSP) votes will be transferred only when they have enough votes. The votes (of the people) are with us. But, they have only leaders who make statements. The voters of Mayawatiji have deserted the BSP and have reposed their faith in Modiji, Yogi and BJP. We are winning both the Lok Sabha seats, and with wider margin“.12% voting in BiharAt 10 a.m on Sunday, the voter turnout in Bihar for one Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats was around 12%.Adityanath casts voteThe UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has cast his vote. Mr. Adityanath had to vacate his Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat.In Araria, the poll percentage till 9 a.m was about 8 percent. No report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the constituency. In UP, around the same time, the percentage was 5.80%. PreviewOn Sunday, Lok Sabha bypolls will be held in the States of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The prestige of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is at stake as Gorakhpur and Phulpur go to vote.In Bihar, polling is on for bypolls to the Araria parliamentary seat and two assembly seats in Jehanabad and Bhabua.The bypolls were necessitated after UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively, following their election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council.While the BJP, which rules UP with an overwhelming majority, has all to lose, the stakes are also high for the Opposition after BSP chief Mayawati went out of character and announced support to the Samajwadi Party (SP). The compatibility of the SP and BSP working together will be assessed on March 14, when results are declared.Read more Inputs from Omar Rashid, Rajeev Bhatt, Amarnath Tewary, PTI
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is on the threshold of creating World Cup history but former captain Kapil Dev, who has been there and done that, hopes that the maverick cricketer is not judged by the result of just one final.”I will never doubt Dhoni’s credentials as a captain irrespective of the result of World Cup final. Lot of people believe that it’s the ultimate result which will count but I believe otherwise,” the skipper of India’s victorious 1983 team, said at a promotional event on Thursday.”Look at Ricky Ponting. He has won two World Cups and after one bad World up he is out. That’s not the way to judge a captain. So I would like that Dhoni shouldn’t be judged by a win or loss. Instead, let’s all wish him the very best for Saturday’s final.”About his take on Dhoni’s x-factor, the legendary all-rounder said, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a bit of a gambler. He takes his decisions and backs them. Everyone was talking about why was Ravichandran Ashwin left out. But in the end, Dhoni was vindicated as Ashish Nehra bowled well. I believe India will play to their potential against Sri Lanka unlike yesterday.”Most of the World Cup winning former captains, barring Allan Border, feel that India have a slight edge over Sri Lanka in the World Cup final at the Wankhede on Saturday.”I know people here won’t like it but I believe that Sri Lanka will go into the final as favourites,” former Australian captain Border said.advertisementWhen live Clive Lloyd was asked to take his pick, he answered, “I have always believed that the side that takes catches have an edge. Although there isn’t much to choose between the teams but I believe India will have a slight edge over Sri Lanka.”Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels that both teams are on even keel going into the final.”It will be a 50-50 game. I am slightly worried about our middle-order. The batsmen from No. 5 to No. 7 (Angelo Mathews, Thilan Samarweera and Chamara Silva) haven’t performed upto the mark. Also Mahela’s (Jayawardene) form is a bit of worry for us,” Ranatunga said.Talking about pressure, the burly former skipper said, “Those who believe that there won’t be pressure are wrong. I myself have played a final and I know how it feels out there in the middle. Also I wouldn’t like to give any advice to the players. As it is the President of the country is advising players!” he said in a sarcastic tone.Imran Khan feels that Dhoni’s greatest quality is to remain calm and also learn from his mistakes.”I was impressed in the manner he admitted that he misread the pitch,” Imran said.- With PTI inputs
To purchase tickets, or to make a contribution to the We Are Family Foundation, please visit wearefamilyfoundation.org. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.Arrivals and reception begin at 6:30pm on Friday, April 29, 2016 followed by the awards ceremony, dinner and live concert with Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Bono beginning at 7:30pm at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom located at 311 West 34th Street in New York City. On Friday, April 29, 2016, the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary GRAMMY Award winning musician, Nile Rodgers, will honor Bono at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.Bono will receive the We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian Award, which honors a person in the public eye who has made tremendous efforts and inroads into making the human condition better throughout the world. The lead singer of the iconic and award-winning band U2, Bono is also a long-time activist in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. He is the cofounder of ONE, a global advocacy and campaigning organization and (RED) which works with companies to raise awareness and funds for the fight against AIDS. Previous recipients of the WAFF Humanitarian Award have included Sir Elton John, Sting & Trudie Styler, Steven Van Zandt, Nile Rodgers, Jackson Browne and Peter Gabriel.“The DNA of musicians in general is to give the gift of music to people around the world. And, in times of tragedy, musicians are the first to organize and give their music and themselves to help raise awareness, funds and in many cases a place to start to heal. For decades Bono’s passion for humanity continues through his work as a voice to solve some of our biggest issues on a global scale. I am proud to have him as this year’s We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian honoree, and I’m honored to call him a friend.” says WAFF Founder & Chairman, Nile Rodgers.The funds raised will support WAFF’s mission and programs including WAFF’s signature program, Three Dot Dash, which identifies, supports and mentors Global Teen Leaders actively working on programs that address basic human needs and promoting a more peaceful world; and TEDxTeen, a global educational platform for extraordinary teenagers to share their ideas, stories and inspire millions.